Top Five RV Tours of Oklahoma

Road curving round a mountain with scenic view

Nestled in the heartland of America is a place "where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain, and the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet" - Oklahoma! Wasted as a flyover state, this grand land offers RVers historic highways to beautiful byways.

Best Things to Do at Death Valley National Park

Badlands, Death Valley National Park

Don't let the name deter you; Death Valley National Park is one of California's most amazing attractions, offering over 3 million acres of diverse landscapes with an abundance of trails, campgrounds, and activities to keep the whole family engaged. With so much to offer, it can be a bit overwhelming when planning a trip there. So we've put together some different itineraries to help make sure you don't miss anything!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Lots of hot air balloons over a river

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world's largest hot air balloon convention and, undisputedly, the most photographed event on earth. The Balloon Fiesta had its modest beginnings in 1972 when 13 balloons launched from a shopping mall parking lot to celebrate the 50th anniversary of local radio station KOB. In three decades the event has grown into a nine-day extravaganza.

High Spirits at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Clans marching to bands

The 59th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish clans conducted in Linville, North Carolina will be held between July 10-13 this year. Campers and RVers with a penchant for all things Gaelic can head to this beautiful mountain retreat, that is highly reminiscent of the Scottish landscape. The games are a riotous celebration of Highland culture with competitions in singing, dancing and athletics.

Camping Road Trip through Michigan Upper Peninsula

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP) is one of a few places left for great road trips where you can really feel like one with nature. There is so much to do that everyone will have their own spin on their vacation but here are our 6 choices for what you can do in the UP.

Fun Activities at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

Royal Court Float at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

For over 90 years, the people of Wenatchee, Washington have been celebrating the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. With many fun activities to do, including a carnival, food fair, parades, live entertainment and arts and crafts this is a great event for the family. Here's what not to miss.

Top 5 Places to Visit for St. Patrick's Day Parade

Dog in shamrock costume

Come, lads and lasses. St. Patrick's Day is just a couple months away. What better way to celebrate your Irish heritage than by loading up your RV and heading out on a road trip to America's St. Patty's hot spots with your friends. Here's our top five parades.

Take Your RV to the Sundance Film Festival

Egyptian Theater that hosts the Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest film festival in the U.S. and a must-go for the true American film enthusiast. The next Sundance will be held at Park City, Utah on January 22 to February 1 2015. Read on to find out more about the Film Festival and what to do on a visit to Park City in January.

National Park Service Offers Free Entry

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

In 2015, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees at over 100 National Parks in an effort to boost tourism. You may still have to pay for reservations, camping, and use of concessions, but hey, if you’re interested in paying less for your family vacation, read on.

Tournament of Roses Parade

Bollywood float, Tournament of Roses Parade

Pasadena, California, hosts the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, popularly known as "America's New Year Celebration." It is a grand spectacle encompassing flower-bejeweled floats, marching bands, equestrian shows, an inter-collegiate football game, a Rose Queen with her Royal Court and a Grand Marshall to boot. Park your RV in Pasadena and let us show you exactly what to see and do.

How to Prepare Your RV for Long Term Storage

F350 pick up truck with a Fifth Wheel RV trailer parked on a home driveway

Do you only use your RV for a short time every year? If so, then you need to know how to prepare your RV for long-term storage to keep it safe and protect it from damage. We have a step-by-step guide on how you can do just that.

How to Enjoy Your RV in the Winter

RV on the road with snow all round

Planning to park your RV and wait out the winter off the road? If you do, you'll be missing out on some of the best seasonal spots and adventure there is. While RVing is generally considered fair-weather recreation, it doesn't necessarily have to be. There are plenty of ways to enjoy life on the road in the wintertime months, provided that you plan ahead.

Tucson, Arizona a Desert Hideaway

Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

In Tucson, Arizona not only will you find a beautiful desert landscape but also a rich history filled with Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, wild west lawmen and banditos. With Tucson’s beautiful surroundings your vacation can be; exciting, relaxing or any combination of the two.

Get Outdoors on Veterans Day with Free Entrance to Federal Parks

Hiker under Corona arch, Bureau Land Management Recreation Area

To honor America's service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the department will not charge entrance fees from Saturday through Monday, November 10 - 12, 2012. This includes public recreation lands managed by the National Parks Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Recreation and Department of Agriculture.

Visit a Scary Haunted House this Halloween

Haunted House lit by a full moon

With Halloween quickly approaching haunted houses are gearing up for another season of scares. From horror movies to roller coasters, it's a fact many people enjoy the rush of adrenaline fear provides. This month events are popping up across the country to satisfy the need to be frightened. We've come up with a list of the most terrifying haunted houses across the US.

The Big Pig Jig, the South's Biggest Barbecue Contests

BBQ Pig Neon Sign

The very first Big Pig Jig began in 1982 when a talented group of barbecue enthusiasts disagreed over who among them could cook up the most delectable pig. It was decided that the only real way to settle the dispute was to hold a pig cook off! As the gourmets' creativity grew, so did the event. It is now named among the Discovery channels top ten list of the "World's Best Barbecue Contests".

Three Hidden State Park Camping Gems of Ohio

Map with a cross and pictures of a trailer at a campsite and a waterfall

You may not realize it but the good old Buckeye State may be one of the country's top camping destinations this year. News recently broke the state's park system is set to receive $88 million in improvements throughout the next two years. To celebrate this we thought we'd tell you about three hidden state park camping gems in Ohio.

Express Yourself at Burning Man

Burning Man all lit up at night

Burning Man has been drawing artists to the Black Rock Desert, near Reno, Nevada since its inception in 1991. The crux of Burning Man is a temporary community in the arid desert, where artists congregate and display their art pieces and watch the burning of the Man. It takes places annually around the Labor Day weekend. Let us guide you through the event and why you as an RVer should go.

All the Fun of the Wisconsin State Fair

Pigs racing at the State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair is the classic All-American family fun of music, food, games, contests, exhibits and carnival rides. The fair runs for 11 days and 11 nights during the warm summer days of August. There is just so much to do and see, and such a ridiculous number of food choices that you are too overwhelmed to know where and how to start. We have compiled a list of the top "must sees" to help you out.

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fireworks over the Statue of Liberty, New York

Everybody is hoping to have the best Fourth of July ever this year. Yet many people end up in the emergency room with injuries resulting from firework burns, extreme sunburn, water activities, and countless other mishaps. Keep your family, your friends, your pets and yourself out of the hospital by remembering these useful safety tips.

10 Must See Events at the Fiesta San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio Texas Cavaliers River Parade

The Fiesta San Antonio, San Antonio's largest spring festival, runs for 11 days and features over 100 events for locals and tourists. Here are the top ten events you don't want to miss.

Spring Cleaning Your RV

Couple spring cleaning their RV

The task of spring cleaning your RV can be a daunting one and all of the work that is necessary can seem like a hassle. But, don't fret! Spring cleaning is a first step towards your new year, it's a way to get things organized, and can even be a way to bring your family together.

Festival International de Louisiane

Band on stage at the Festival International de Louisiane

Lafayette, Louisiana plays host to the annual Festival International de Louisiane, a 5 day event of visual, performing and culinary arts to honor the French culture in Louisiana. It draws over 300,000 visitors each year and is a great place for culturally-inclined RVers to visit. Let us run you through the key activities and things you can participate in.

Best Things to Do at Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive

Shenandoah National Park is one of the most beautiful and expansive masses of government owned land in the entire world. Spanning over a whopping 197,000 acres of inland Virginia, Shenandoah is home to a number of amazing sights and attractions including the awe-inspiring road, the Skyline Drive. We've put together some one and two day itineraries on what to see and do.


How to Get Campsites at Popular Campgrounds

Occupied sign at campsite with trailer

As the winter weather sets in and snow begins to fall, summer camping is the last thing on most people’s minds. But should it be? According to summer camping reservations for National Parks and National Forests begin 6 months ahead of the season for family sites and 12 months ahead of the season for group sites. Locking in camping site reservations early on is key, as top sites at the best campgrounds are taken very quickly.

What to See and Do at the Louisiana Mardi Gras

Crowds reach for Mardi Gras Beads from a passing float

Before the Lenten Season kicks in, Louisiana hosts one of the biggest, loudest and most colorful festivals in America, the Mardi Gras. This annual festivity draws all kinds of tourists to the land of jazz and Creole dining. RVers and campers must put the Mardi Gras on their yearly must-see destinations.

Miami Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco car parked outside an Art Deco building in Miami

Miami Art Deco Weekend, is a celebration of everything art deco and a showcasing of the architectural beauty as well as historic and cultural significance of Miami's Art Deco District. The next weekend will be at Ocean Drive in Miami Beach on January 16 to 18, 2015.

Adventure Bucket List for 2014

Big splash of water covers whitewater rafters

We only have so much time in our lives to do the things that have always intrigued us, and each birthday reminds us that time waits for no one. So, why not start checking off all of the places and activities on your hit list now? We’ve compiled a bucket list for the avid adventurer. Whether that means experiencing nature’s majesty or pushing yourself past what you fear, let this article inspire you to get a start on those adventurous plans!

How to Become a Workamper

Frank and Stacy Pullano workamping

Are you considering becoming a workamper? Our step by step guide below makes sure you are ready and tells you how to do it, with helpful information about the workamping lifestyle.

Best National Parks for Stargazing

Milky Way in the night sky at a National Park

For many stargazing enthusiasts, ideal star watching locations have become increasingly hard to come by as the skies have been tainted with artificial light from suburban areas. National parks are one of the few places where you can experience a truly dark night sky perfect for planet and stargazing. Here are the best national parks for stargazing.

Storm Watching in the Pacific Northwest

Waves crashing against cliffs

November through February is peak storm season along the Pacific coastline of the northwest United States and has become a tourist draw. Twenty to thirty foot waves explode against impossibly steep cliffs captivating the onlookers. One of the best places to view the storms is along the Oregon Coast. With its many lookout points along the shoreline, it's easy to see why it's such a hotspot for storm watching – especially for RVers on the move.

RV Tour of Texas Hill Country

Night shot of the Alamo

North of San Antonio, west of Austin in the heart of the Lone Star State lies a scenic area called the Hill Country. It spans 23 counties and is chock full of pretty towns, rolling hills, wineries, dude ranches, beautiful lakes, historic attractions and cool caves that make for a great RV or camping road trip.

Take Your RV to Talladega Superspeedway

Lady fan watches the Superspeedway race

If you think large-scale RV tailgating, loud music, cars traveling at over 180 miles per hour, and families are a bad combination, you might think differently after spending a weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama!

Go on a Minor League Baseball RV Road Trip

Minor League Baseball Mascot

If you have been racking your brain trying to come up with a great itinerary for a road trip, we have a simple, fun, and entertaining solution; take a minor league baseball road trip.

Best Things to Do at Glacier National Park

View of Glacier National Park from Going-to-the-Sun-Road

Glacier National Park is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. From forests, lakes, mountains, and glacial-carved valleys to hundreds of birds and mammals, including grizzly bears, this national park is paradise for outdoor lovers. We've put together different itineraries from one up to six-day visits on what to see and do, so you don't miss anything.

Oregon's Coastal State Parks

North Oregon Coast

A firsthand look at Oregon's best coastal State Parks from a full-time RVer.

Best Things to Do at Bryce Canyon National Park

View overlooking Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park has some of the Earth's most colorful rocks that have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called "hoodoos." Water has helped carve Bryce's rugged landscape for millions of years and is still at work. Bryce is not a true canyon but a series of horse shaped amphitheaters; the largest and most striking is Bryce Amphitheater at the heart of the park.

10 Great Family Amusement Parks

Orange roller coaster doing a loop against a blue sky

An amusement park is a fantastic place to bring out the kid in everyone. We have picked 10 great family amusement parks that are near campgrounds and RV parks.

Tips to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Adam Nutting hiking on the Appalachian Trail

We previously published an article by Adam Nutting on preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail. Given that hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of extensive planning, we decided to get back to Adam and ask him for more tips on how you can get ready to hike what he calls "the Disney World of hiking trails". Here's what we got.

What to See and Do in Southern Pennsylvania

Horse and buggy in Amish Country

If you are thinking of new interesting places for a fun camping trip this summer you may be pleasantly surprised to see how much Southern Pennsylvania has to offer. There are plenty of great things to do and campgrounds and RV parks to stay it.

Welcome to the World of Glamping

Lady sunbathing at her campsite

The idea of exuding glamour while camping in the great outdoors would strike many true enthusiasts as peculiar. For many modern day urbanites luxury camping is the latest trend that is switching hiking boots for warm fluffy slippers. "Glamping" surrounds you with lush creature comforts, often offering a menu of pampering treats, and all this while enjoying the great outdoors.

Best Things to Do at Everglades National Park

Sunset at Everglades National Park

Spanning 1.5 million acres, Everglades National Park offers a diversity of activities, plant life, and wildlife including manatees, alligators, bottlenose dolphin, and visually striking birds. It also houses exotic backcountry camping opportunities and one of the largest mangrove areas in the world.

Best Things to Do in Oregon

Oregon Coastline

From its rugged coastlines to volcanic mountains, crystal-clear lakes, rivers and forests that stretch as far as the eye can see, Oregon offers many amazing outdoor opportunities. We've come up with the best things to do.

Best Things to Do in Arizona

View from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona landscapes are most likely what come to mind when thinking about the Southwest. Beautiful rock formations, high plateaus, narrow canyons, rich soil, and breathtaking horizons. It has some of the most beautiful geological displays and ecosystems in the US and is full of history. It is also home to one of the seven natural wonders of the word – the Grand Canyon.

Best Things to Do in California

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

California has some of the most amazing sights in North America from, mountains to coasts, deserts to lakes and everything in between. California is home to many of the most popular national parks in the country and offers every outdoor sport under the sun. You can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon. California should definitely be at the top of the list for campers and RVers looking to get outdoors.

Best Things to Do in Nevada

Beautiful blue Lake Tahoe with mountains framing the horizon

Las Vegas is probably the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Nevada, but there are so many amazing outdoor attractions to see before you leave. At Great Basin National Park you can explore marble and limestone passages in Lehman Caves. And one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th century is located in Boulder City, namely the Hoover Dam.

Don't Miss the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

American Football Stadium

Florida Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs is rated among the top 10 college rivalries. But it's not just football that keeps everyone coming back. Dubbed "The World's Largest Cocktail Party", the Florida-Georgia game is a week long celebration that allows alums to re-connect, reminisce, and re-live their college years. For students it's an opportunity to fully embrace their college years in a dramatic party setting.

Best Things to Do at Crater Lake National Park

Wizard Island and deep blue Crater Lake from Watchman Overlook.

There is no place in the world quite like Crater Lake National Park. Its unique landscape inspires visitors from all over the world. Its panorama view combines a deep blue lake engulfed in surrounding cliffs of up to two thousand feet high and has two picturesque islands that appear to float in the middle. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and should definitely be at the top of your list when visiting Oregon.

What to See and Do in Philadelphia

The Liberty Bell

A road trip can be a great learning experience for kids and parents alike, especially when one of the destinations on the trip is a city. In Philadelphia you will find a wealth of opportunities for you and your children to learn about history, explore and discover that makes for a great weekend.

Best Things to Do in Alabama

Space Shuttle Orbiter Pathfinder

When people talk about the deep south, Alabama is a state that jumps to mind. It is where the confederacy was born and where cotton ruled supreme. Alabama not only offers lots of Southern history but great outdoor fun; everything from rivers to waterfalls, beaches to mountain ranges and of course old military battlefields.

Green on the Big Screen

Emperor Penguins and Chick

Our kids are the keepers of the future. No time like the present for us camping and RVing parents to instill in them a sense of environmental consciousness. The sooner they learn about their role in preserving the environment, the sooner they'll get active and consciously take measures to protect it. There are lots of wonderful "big screen" and DVD movies that your kids will love and have great environmental messages too. Here is a great selection.

4th of July Arts and Crafts for Kids

Girls doing crafts at camp

If you are planning a camping road trip for the 4th of July vacation with your kids, here are some fun 4th of July crafts they can do that will keep them busy. These great crafts will also help you decorate your RV or car perfectly for this holiday.

How to Level and Stabilize Your RV at the Campsite

RV at campsite on leveling blocks

It is important to get your RV leveled and stabilized when you settle at your campsite. When your RV is level and stable, it is easier for you to move around, you sleep better and you will make sure that your gas refrigerator works properly.

Discover Utah - America's National Park Capital

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Utah is a hidden gem of the tourist world and has got some of the best National Parks and outdoor activities, especially for campers and RVers who are looking for fun, adventure, and excitement. It is an ideal destination for a spring, summer, or fall camping road trip.

Queen of the Road

Tim and Doreen Orion, full time RVers

Doreen Orion, a psychiatrist, and author of Queen of the Road is married to a fellow psychiatrist. And that's where the similarities end. Her husband Tim is a driven, type A person who enjoys roughing it in the great outdoors and keeping busy. Doreen is a self proclaimed pampered Princess from Long Island whose idea of roughing it is staying at the Holiday Inn. So how and why did such opposite personalities come together?

Top 8 Kids Camping Movies

Group of children having fun in a tent

Sometimes the weather forces us to move indoors during a camping trip. To keep the children's camping spirits up, here are the top eight kids camping movies that we recommend.

Spend Spring Break on an RV Road Trip

College kids standing on the roof of a green RV

With Spring Break quickly approaching students are starting to plan their trips. Where should we go? What do we want to do? What can we afford?

Here's an idea - take your party on the road with an RV road trip.

Best Camping Gear for Kids

Kids exploring nature

To help parents pack the best gear for camping with kids, we have compiled a list of the things that you absolutely should not forget to bring when camping out with your wee ones.

Tips on How to Plan for a Primitive Camping Trip

A group of friends on a camping / hiking trip in the mountains

One of the best ways to experience the grand beauty nature has to offer is through primitive camping. Primitive camping is a fun way to test your survival skills, build relationships, and truly become an expert camper. We have come up with some tips to help you get prepared for the ultimate camping adventure.

Unplugging Your Kids - a Teen's Perspective

A teenage boy listens to music while using his laptop computer.

A couple sits outside watching the sunset over Utah's Monument Valley. Their kids, however, sit inside. Their son is playing video games, and their daughter is using the computer. So how do you unplug your teenager?

How to Buy a Tent

Yellow Dome Tent

As with every product available to man today, tents come in all shapes, sizes, price ranges and varieties. With so many different tents available in the market, it becomes more difficult to choose the right type of tent for you. So when shopping, consider the following factors before buying a tent.

How to Choose a Tent

Green tent by camp fire with lake sunset in background

When choosing a tent there are many things to consider, as this will be your home away from home while camping. From the type of weather you'll be camping in, to the type of camping you'll be doing, there are many factors that will impact the type of tent that's right for you. That's why it's important to research all your options in terms of size, style and materials used. A little research now will ensure you find a tent that's perfect for you.

RV Playhouse

Little girl in RV playhouse

Every kid dreams of having a playhouse - where imagination can run wild, ideas can brew and things can be safely stowed away from prying eyes of mom and dad! So instead of leaving your RV vacant and sitting in your driveway, why not turn it into a magical playhouse?

Winter Camping Activities for Kids

Little girl snow tubing

Camping is a year-round recreational activity, and Christmas breaks make wintertime especially good for family camping. Most think that winter can complicate plans to spend quality time outside with your children. However, winter can provide many fun things you can do together outside that you cannot do the rest of the year. Here are some great winter camping activities for kids.

New Age Treasure Hunting - Geocaching

Official geocache

It is no secret that all children have imaginations; we have all put on costumes and played, indulged with friends, and pretended that we were part of a big adventure. But now, this pretend adventure is coming to life through Geocaching, and is proving to be a favorite activity among enthusiastic campers and RVers.

Free or Discounted Access to Children's Museums

Children playing with toys on a table with a mother

It has been said many a time that children are sponges. They will absorb any information you throw their way, quickly. So when you take your child on a road trip it's critical that you encourage their curiosity with activities that stimulate their minds. Children's museums provide ideal environments for learning, but the costs to enlighten your children add up. Here's the breakdown on four of the best children's museum programs we've come across.

Trick or Treat Camping

Candy filled pumpkin

If you're planning on traveling this Halloween weekend and have never stayed at a campground during Halloween, you might be curious as to how it all works. Fear not, let us help you prep for some trick or treat camping.

The Three C's to Entertain Kids on the Road

3 little girls in back seat of car

A friend wanted a few tips on keeping the kids entertained while on a seven hour trip. For most parents this is a nightmare scenario, but with a little planning it could turn out to be a great road trip. Keep the three C's in mind - comfort, creativity and connection.

Unplug Your Teenager

Teenager building a campfire surrounded by his family

American teenagers today are glued to the television, Internet, cell phones and video games. How do you encourage, entertain and engage them to leave behind creature comforts and look forward to a camping trip with pleasure, as opposed to horror?

Scot Ward, A Modern Day Pioneer – First to Yo-Yo the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Hiker Scot Ward holds an American flag as he rests against a rock in the woods

When Scot "TABA" Ward a self-proclaimed modern day American pioneer has charted unchartered territory, covering roughly 920 miles across North Carolina, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks known as the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST). In March 2010, he was given the "First to Yo-Yo the Mountains-to-Sea-Trail" Award. Naturally we were interested in finding out what makes this adventurer tick.

Music is the Key to a Great Road Trip with the Kids

Young girl listening to music in the park

Road tripping to new destinations and exposing your kids to all the world has to offer is always exciting. The only challenge is that long road trips can be exhausting and boring for young children. So, how do you make the road trip just as fun as your actual getaway? You have to have the right kind of music!

How to Make a Camping Scrapbook

Child painting over a leaf making their camping scrapbook

Keeping your kids entertained on family camping trips can be challenging, given most children have a short attention span. Make a camping scrapbook is something you can do to keep your kids attuned to the outdoors and enjoy their camping trip.

Make Your Child a Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger holding his parent's hands

Get your kids interested in nature and wildlife through the National Parks Foundation's Junior Rangers Program which teaches your kids to help "Explore, Learn, Protect" the environment.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Line of Harley Davidsons at Myrtle Beach Bike Week

During the month of May, more than 300,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts head over to South Carolina's most popular vacation destination for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week. It’s happening on May 13-22 this year. And aside from hordes of bikers, you can expect fun and exciting activities in Myrtle Beach.

Camp with Grandparents

Grandparents biking with their granddaughter

Enrich the lives of children everywhere this year while doing what you love doing best, hanging out with your grandkids, Let us give you some fun outdoors ideas and tell you how you can help KaBoom, a non-profit organization towards building a playground for kids.

Camping with Allergenic Kids Made Easier

Traveling with child who have allergies

When Tiff Thojoya goes camping with her daughter the first thing that is on her mind is her daughter's safety. Throughout her experience she has learned a few tricks to make the experience more pleasurable for herself and her child and has shared them with us.

Where to Go Star Gazing with Kids

Girl looking at the moon

Everyone has a favorite camping memory, and stargazing with the kids almost always counts as one. That look of wonderment in their eyes as you point out Saturn with its rings or Ursa Major or Orion is a delight to watch. It is a great way to bond with your kids and fuel their imagination. So on your next road trip plan your stay at a campground with an astronomy program or an observatory nearby. Here are a few options.

Family Traditions to Keep Kids Happy on a Road Trip

Two girls with father in car

To keep three children from kicking and screaming my parents devised a load of activities and games for us to play. These games became as much a part of our trip as the hotels, national parks, and picnics; they became traditions.

Make Camping a Resolution for 2012

Hiker at a crossroads looking at a map

A good friend recently shared a tradition from his youth with me. Rather than attend a New Year's Eve party, his parents took their sons on a hiking and camping trip to the top of a mountain near the coast of eastern Maine. From there, they could be among the first people in America to witness the dawn of the New Year. After sunrise they made their way back to the car and headed home, resolving to make the trip again in another twelve months.

When to Rent a Tent

Three tents at a campsite

Tents can be expensive and will depreciate over time. So if you are wondering whether or not such an investment is the right thing for you, consider renting as an option. Here are some questions and ideas to help with the thinking process.

RV Clubs Raise Money for Christmas Gifts

Three older people stand under a tent and over a table filled with soda can tabs

The holidays are a time of great joy for most, as families come together to exchange gifts, celebrate the season, and give good cheer. But for less fortunate families and people who don't have a family, the holidays are more of a burden than a joy. Fortunately, some RV clubs are working to change this.

Cabin Camping Gains Popularity

A log cabin in the woods at a campground

As the recession has forced families to scale down family vacations, many have flocked to campgrounds as a financially viable and fun alternative. But these new campers have come to campgrounds with a specific set of expectations and desires, which don’t include camping out in a tent.

California State Parks Suffer from Budget Cuts but Benefit from Volunteers

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Since the peak of the Great Recession State Park budgets have been slashed, leaving many of the parks underfunded and understaffed. The results have been far reaching. Minor repairs have become major repairs, park facilities have been closed, and special programs have been reduced. In California, more than 5,000 projects for repairs don’t have adequate funding. State Park administrators and visitors now must answer the question, "where do we go from here?"

Where to Go Canoeing in the Everglades

Father and son having fun canoeing through the everglades

The Florida Everglades is full of canals and levees and with a large biodiversity such as sawgrass marshes, wet prairies, fresh-water swamps, hardwood hammocks, and ponds and sloughs (or swamps) – to the shallow waters & seamless transitions between vegetations, it offers fantastic canoeing and kayaking. Here are some of the best places to go canoeing or kayaking in the Everglades.

What is a Workamper

A workamper couple

Workampers are individuals, couples and families who have chosen a lifestyle that combines any kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping. They fill all kinds of positions, from part-time grounds keeping to full-time management roles. The majority of the jobs are in RV resorts and campgrounds, national and state parks, and wildlife preserves, as well as guest ranches, theme parks, and motor sports events.

Enjoy Halloween at State and National Parks

Candy Corn

The time-honored method of collecting sweets door-to-door on Halloween night has been replaced by organized events at amusement parks and shopping centers largely due to concerns over young children's safety. This year ditch your local haunt for a road trip to any one of the numerous Halloween celebrations at state and national parks in your area.

Trail Blazing Joan Completes North Country National Scenic Trail

Joan looking off into the distance from a view point on the North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600 mile trail spanning the breadth of 7 states from New York to North Dakota, is the longest hiking path in the country. This August, Joan Young, became the first woman to hike the entire trail. Read on as Joan shares with us her experience of going the distance.

A Week on the Wild Side Fishing and Camping at Lac Seul, Ontario

Sunset over Lac Seul, Ontario, Canada

In the summer after I graduated from college, my friend Alex invited me to go on a fishing trip. He and his brother made a sort of tradition out of going Up North now and then with their father, Charlie. Charlie's friend Rudy owned a piece of land on Lac Seul, Ontario, and had set up a fishing camp there. If I could get the week off of work, I was welcome to join.

Escaping the Cubicle to the Great Outdoors

The May family

A job with HP, a home in the San Francisco Bay Area, a wonderful circle of friends. Sounds like the quintessential American Dream? Not quite, for Philip May and his wife Tracey, who decided to give it all up and head for the open roads with their two kids, Ally and Josh in a RV. What prompted them to alter their life so drastically? How was the experience? Here is Philip's story.

Activities Galore at Bella Terra of Gulf Shores

Courtney Fox at Bella Terra

Few people love throwing a party as much as Courtney Fox. In fact, the southern belle enjoys entertaining so very much, that she took up a job planning parties and fun activities for the guests at Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, an upscale RV resort for Class A motor homes in Foley, Alabama, where she is the Activities and Operations Manager.

Offsetting Your RV Carbon Footprint

Road sign that says 'CO2 - global warming'

Anyone who loves the outdoors certainly does not want to hear that their voyages can cause damage to Mother Nature. There's no need to hide from the fact that we all have a carbon footprint. Here's how you can do something about it - educate yourself about effects of greenhouse gas emissions, calculate your carbon footprint, and take a few easy steps towards offsetting it.

Connect with Children through Camping

Father and young son fishing together on a boat

In my family communicating has become a recipe of 1 cup Facebook statuses, 1/3 tablespoon tweets, and a boatload of texts and phone calls. While I love the growth of technology, I think it makes connecting with your children more difficult. This is why my family started camping.

Romantic Camping Road Trip Getaways

Couple mountain biking on slick rock in Moab, Utah

With Valentine's Day around the corner it's a perfect time to really enjoy ourselves, our significant others, all in the presence of nature. Here is a list of the top three regions to explore on your romantic camping road trip this Valentine's Day. But this isn't your typical "Top Three" list. We understand that each couple is unique and that is why we've chosen destinations that speak to the adventure seekers, the cuddly wuddlies, and the infomaniacs!

Winter Texans Celebrate with a Community Spirit

Seniors having breakfast together at a campsite

When Winter Texans travel south every year they have the distinct pleasure of re-uniting with their winter communities; those campgrounds and resorts that host the same people year in and year out. For Winter Texans, reuniting with friends they haven't seen in months is one of the many highlights of their lifestyle.

How RVers Can Help Others over the Holidays

Hand holding a small gift wrapped box

The holidays are in full swing. It easy to find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the non-stop pace, so remember why we go to all the effort. It's about selflessness and making the people around us feel loved and appreciated. This year, consider participating in one of these festive ways and employing your RV to brighten up the holidays for those who need it most.

Loners on Wheels RV Club

Loners on Wheels RV Club - Penn and Virginia Chapters waving

"Life is like a box of chocolates," famously said Forrest Gump, " never know what you're gonna get." What do you do if you bite into peppermint crème when your favorite is caramel nut? For RVers, like everyone else, life happens. So what do you do when you find yourself single in an RV world that is mostly geared towards couples? For a group of kindred spirits, you happily RV on.

RV Winter Ideas

RV Class C Motorhome covered in snow

Before you know it, the fall colors will be giving way to winter snow. As snowbirds flock to warmer climates, the rest of us are left reaching for woolen mittens. But just because the weather dips doesn't mean that you have to put your RVing plans on ice.

Embark on a New Camping Tradition this Thanksgiving

Pumpkin on a beach

Ten years ago a group of friends from the Dolphin Divers of Sacramento, a recreational scuba diving club in California, decided to break from their traditional Thanksgiving festivities and do something a little out of the ordinary.

The National Parks Documentary is Ken Burns' Best Yet

Two young girls watching Old Faithful erupt

Ken Burns National Parks documentary, Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" showcases new facets of the national parks in America and the people who strived to preserve the natural beauty of our country for future generations.

Fun Activities at Oregon State Parks

Waterfall at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Oregon has it all: glacier-carved mountains and volcanoes surrounded by dense evergreen forests, terrain sloping into rolling meadows and undulating prairies cross-cut by coursing rivers that open into a scenic, windswept coastline. The question isn't what can you do in Oregon. It's what can't you do.

What is Geocaching

GPS device and compass on a map

Geocaching is kind of like The Temple of Doom, only the bull whip and snazzy fedora are optional. All you need to get started is a fully charged GPS, some hiking boots, and a sense of adventure. This is, after all, a treasure hunt.

How to Sleep Well in a Tent

Lady waking up and yawning after sleeping in her red tent

One of the most enjoyable yet challenging aspects of camping in a tent is getting a proper night's sleep under the stars. If you get it right, you'll come away from your trip refreshed and energized. Get it wrong and, well let's just say you won't be a happy camper. Here are our tips to get a good night's sleep.

How to Be a Good Camping Neighbor

Tents set up between trees

Being a good camping neighbor helps make everyone's stay more enjoyable. To do this one needs common sense and consideration for your fellow campers, campsite and natural environment. Here are our tips.

How to Avoid Getting Lost and What to Do if You are Lost

Green compass on a map

When you go hiking and camping in the wilderness there are ten essential items you need to take with you to help avoid getting lost and to help you keep warm and comfortable and ensure you can be easily found if you do get lost.

Rainy Day Camping Fun

Kids playing in the rain

Here are some suggestions for keeping you and your friends or your family occupied during rainy days and making sure your camping trip doesn't become a wash out.

Tips for Camping in the Rain

Rainbow over a tent

Rainy weather and camping tend to be considered bad combination. However, it need not be if you're well prepared. Take a look at our tips for camping in the rain.

Tent Camping Safety Tips

Sign warning of bears

Camping is a great way to experience the outdoors. Most of the time it is safe and enjoyable, however, there are some annoyances and dangers associated with the outdoors that is necessary to be aware of.

Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

Little girl play driving in a car

A road trip is a great bonding experience for the whole family, but for the littlies too young to occupy themselves with their iPhone it could soon turn into the vacation you'll want to forget. Here are a few tips to help keep the kids (and even teenagers) busy, happy and more quiet!

RVing Safety Tips

Yellow safety first road sign

The use of an RV needs to be taken seriously. Typically a home on wheels, it is necessary to take the same precautions as you would in your car and with your home. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind before and during your time on the road to minimize your risks to keep you safe.

Top Tips to Rent an RV in the U.S.

Line of class C motorhomes

Renting an RV can be very confusing, especially if you are planning to road trip in a foreign country. Have no worries. We've done the hard work for you and contacted the RV rental experts! Here are their top tips to help you plan before you arrive, to prepare you to take your rental RV out on the road, and make the most of your trip.

How to Plan Meals for a Camping or RV trip

Man cooking on a camp grill

The key to having good food while on the road is not to stop off at every diner along the way, but to be prepared. Forget about the cramped quarters or the lack of household appliances that you have to work with, and keep in mind some of the following tips so that you too can eat like a king on the road, and on a tighter budget.

Tips on Camping with Dogs

A dog sitting in front of a tent

It may be difficult to plan a family outing without including one of your best pals, your dog. The problem is that many families are apprehensive about exposing their four legged friends to so much open space. Following a few simple tips and careful planning can help you feel more secure about taking your dogs on an outdoor trip.

Tips to Make Quick and Easy Camping Meals

Cooking over a campfire

Whether you prefer to stick to the camping classics of hot dogs and s'mores, or to whip up a meal so tasty, other campers would be begging for a seat at your campfire, here are some tips to make meal planning and preparation on your trip as simple and hassle free as calling for take-out.

How to Survive and Even Enjoy Long Road Trips

Fifth Wheel RV driving off into the distance

Part of the fun of a camping road trip is getting to your campsite. However, long journeys can be tedious and tiring. Here are our tips for making sure your road trip is enjoyable so your vacation begins as soon as you set foot in your car or RV.

What to Bring with You on a Tent Camping Trip

Pen ticking a checklist

Unlike staying with friends or in a hotel, there's more to bring, and therefore more to forget, when you go tent camping. Make sure you're well prepared with our list of what to bring for your camping trip.

How to Safely Build a Campfire

People sitting round a blazing campfire

For many people, camping just wouldn't be camping without a campfire. A place to gather and relax after a busy day of outdoor activities; to keep you warm, to toast your marshmallows or even cook your meals on. Follow these 7 steps to build a great campfire safely.

How to Save Money on Your Camping Road Trip before You Leave

Flower pot containing US dollars

Camping road trip is a great way to travel around the United States and is significantly cheaper than other vacation options. However, there are always ways to make your dollar go further. Before you leave, here are some ideas you should consider to ensure you can save while on the road.

Camping First Aid Kit Essentials

First aid kit

A well-equipped camping first aid kit is an essential item to pack for any camping road trip. You can easily make-up your own, especially if you already have a lot of the basics, or you can buy pre-packaged ones that come with many of the essentials.

What to Bring with You on a RV Trip

Pen ticking a checklist

RVs vary greatly in how well-equipped they are. Some are like homes away from home, where as others are more basic. The kind of RV you have will influence what you bring, so if you are renting make sure you find out what it comes with, so you know what you need to bring yourself. Here is a complete list of what you need to bring to be fully prepared for your RV trip.

How to Buy an RV

Family buying a class A motorhome

Thinking of buying an RV? The most important thing is to do your research. There are so many types of RV's that you can be easily confused. If you are not familiar with the differences, we suggest you read our article What type of RV is right for you? This will give you a good overview of the different types and their pros and cons. Then follow our 4 step guide to buying an RVto ensure you get the best deal on your RV.

How to Rent an RV

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You have decided that a trip in an RV is for you, but how do you rent one and what are your options? To help we have set out everything you need to know to understand the ins and outs of renting an RV.

What Type of RV Is Right for You?

Line of class A motorhomes

The RV world is generally divided into two broad categories: (i) motorized RVs (motorhomes) and (ii) towable RVs (trailers). To find the right RV for you is a very subjective decision - what is a bonus feature for one person can be a definite liability for another. To help you reach a decision we have put together a list of RV types with a brief description, the key characteristics, the main pros and cons and an overall recommendation for each.

What Type of Camping Road Trip Is Right for You?

Long desert road disappearing off in the distance

Before you set out on the road, you need to consider what is the best style of camping for you. Typically a camping road trip can involve tent camping, RVing or staying in a rental unit such as a cabin, yurt or trailer. Have a look at these suggestions to ensure you pick the right style for you and have the best time possible.




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